(NBC NEWS) Twenty-five-year-old Sarah McBride will make history Thursday night when she takes center stage at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia as the first openly transgender person to address a major party convention.

McBride, who currently works as the national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, is no stranger to breaking down barriers. Four years ago, as student body president at American University, the then-21-year-old made national headlines when she came out as transgender in the school’s student-run paper, The Eagle. Later in 2012, she interned at the White House Office of Public Engagement — the first out trans woman to work at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

More recently, McBride stepped into the national spotlight for a viral selfie she took while inside a women’s restroom in North Carolina, where a controversial law enacted last March bans transgender people from using government building bathrooms in line with their gender identities.

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